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Top ringer: Ursula Franke-Bryson


Dieter Oschadleus(2017-02-10)




Ursula started ringing in South Africa in 2002, after many training sessions at Wakkerstroom and with individual ringers. Ursula and her husband Tom live in Germany but spend a lot of their time in southern Africa, especially Namibia. She has now ringed over 50000 birds in Africa, probably more than any other single ringer. Barberspan and Ocean and Coasts teams have ringed a lot more than this, but we do not know the totals for individual team members. Ursula has ringed 518 species in African countries, and this number is only surpassed by Malcolm Wilson. Ursula’s top species is the Lark-like Bunting with over 11000 ringed, followed by Cape Sparrow. Ursula has also supported SAFRING with many financial donations over the years. Ringing is not a competition for most birds or species ringed, and we value all data. However, Ursula’s achievement deserves recognition.

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